It's time for another edition of Orioles101 Minor League Spotlight and today we turn our focus to the lesser known Baltimore Orioles affiliates in their Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer League squads. There are several players putting up some big numbers in the south, including several 2014 draft picks making a name for themselves.
Both leagues are known for the vast amount of current year draft picks that accumulate on their rosters and it is a great way to ease rookies into the world of professional baseball. The Gulf Coast League is comprised of one team, while the Dominican Summer League Orioles field two teams on most occasions, but we will combine the two teams into one update.
Let's take a look in the form of a table at some of the team leaders for both squads:
|Francisco Jimenez||0||3||3.94||1.28||29 2/3||25|
|Brian Gonzalez||0||0||0.00||0.77||20 2/3||20|
|Elias Pinales||0||1||1.74||1.26||20 2/3||15|
Gonzalez was the Orioles first pick (third round) in this year's MLB Draft and he has performed extremely well thus far, and has made seven starts, but as you can they are limiting his innings, which is smart with a high school kid. The team itself has played over 45 games, and there are not many high scoring affairs.
Now let's take a look at the Dominican Summer League squads and it's important to note that the pitching staffs are the same for both teams, thus they can pitch for either team so the stats refer to their total output:
|Juan Valdez||DSL||5||5||1.94||1.00||78 2/3||58|
|Brailyn Duran||DSL||2||2||1.88||0.97||52 2/3||51|
As you can see, the DSL rosters include a pretty darn good pitching staff and have five pitchers with ERA's under 2.00 with at least 18 innings pitched.
It is not often that Orioles fans get the urge to check out the teams way down on the farm, but today we thought it would be a good opportunity to update you on what the O's may have way down the road. All stats referenced were entering Friday's action.
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